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The Favorites: Cross Country Finals Top Returning Girls Todd Grasley Aug 24, 2016

The lone state champion returner from 2015 on either the boys or girls side is Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein. Hertenstein's 17:32.55 is the fastest time regardless of class on the Apalachee Regional Park course in November. 2014 state champions Tsion Yared (2A) and Rafaella Gibbons (4A) also return for another ring. See the top 500 returning times from the 2015 Cross Country finals and which girls have the best shots at bringing back the crown.

The Favorites: Cross Country Finals Top Returning Boys Todd Grasley Aug 24, 2016

Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge and Durant senior Hafton Fliegelman finished third and fourth at the 4A Cross Country Finals and will be the favorites come November. See the top 500 returning times from the 2015 Cross Country finals and which boys have the best shots at bringing back the crown

Annie Allmark, Josh Skielnik Best Fields At Benjamin School Meet Eddie Romero Aug 24, 2016

Seven area schools kicked off the 2016 season at the Benjamin School in West Palm Beach. Teams started off on the football field, circling baseball fields, and finally finishing on the track. Suncoast senior Annie Allmark picked up her first win of the season as did Jupiter Christian's Josh Skielnik who was in his second race of the year.

Senior Girls Rankings: Fletcher's Delay Doesn't Show Signs Of Slowing Down Todd Grasley Aug 23, 2016

In the last two years, Fletcher senior Kayley Delay was 4th and 2nd at the 4A Cross Country Finals. Delay has the track speed 5:05.72 for 1,600m and 10:30.30 for 3,200m to live up to her ranking as the fastest senior in the state of Florida for 2016. Her PR of 17:56.70 at Pre-State (where she was runner-up) is the only time among her peers that is under 18 minutes. We rank the top 100 senior girls heading into the cross country season.

Senior Boys Rankings: Mandato Looking To Make His Mark On Saints' Program Todd Grasley Aug 23, 2016

We resume our head of the class rankings with our seniors. Trinity Prep's Trent Mandato dropped his PR of 15:34.10 on the way to a 12th place finish at NXNSE. Mandato helped his team to Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon. A total of ten members of the class of 2017 have broken 16 minutes. We look at the top 100 senior boys heading into the cross country season. 

Scouting Report: Merritt Island Boys - Born To Run, Trained To Be Champions Todd Grasley Aug 23, 2016

The Merritt Island boys finished 10th at the 2015 Cross Country Finals with the help of individual champion and FSU signee Steven Cross. In addition to Cross, the Mustangs also graduated number two runner Nathan Paladino. The team is ranked 9th in 3A and third in 3A Region 4 which will pit them against powerhouse Belen Jesuit and neighboring Viera. We caught up with Coach Bill Buonanni to talk about this year's squad which he thinks will be the surprise of the season, and is coming off of a preseason victory at the West Orange Warrior Jamboree Run.

VOTE: Girls Performance Of The Week Todd Grasley Aug 23, 2016

Cross country is back and athlete across the state kicked off the the party with Jamborees, time trials, and preseason tune ups. Which female athlete had the best performance of the week? We want you to decide! Take into account the times, variations in course and competition. Voting closes Thursday night at midnight. The winner of this fan vote will be recognized on Friday morning!

VOTE: Boys Performance Of The Week Todd Grasley Aug 23, 2016

Cross country is back and athlete across the state kicked off the the party with Jamborees, time trials, and preseason tune ups. Which male athlete had the best performance of the week? We want you to decide! Take into account the times, variations in course and competition. Voting closes Thursday night at midnight. The winner of this fan vote will be recognized on Friday morning!

Newsome Sweeps, Fliegelman & Hertenstein Show Out At East Hillsborough Invitational Todd Grasley Aug 22, 2016

Preseason Jamborees are over and the regular season for cross country is finally here. Plant City High School played host to one of the first meets on the calendar, the East Hillsborough Invitational, and the theme was dominating performances. Bailey Hertenstein and Haftom Fliegelman continued where they left off in 2015, earning their first wins of the season, while both the Newsome girls and boys won team titles.

Who Won The Week? Girls All-State Results Merge Todd Grasley Aug 22, 2016

Lincoln High School freshman Alyson Churchill, pictured here at the 2015 Leon County MS Championships where she finished 2nd in 2015, clocked the fastest time in the state this week with her time of 19:20.00 at Miller Landing Madness. Churchill beat out several of North Florida's fastest runners including Caroline Willis and Molly McCann of Maclay and Haleigh Martin of Wakulla. We combined the results of EVERY meet across the state to find out the fastest 500 times and who won the week!

Who Won The Week? Boys All-State Results Merge Todd Grasley Aug 22, 2016

Titusville senior Mason Jones won three meets in 2015 and finished in the top ten in every single race he competed in in the Sunshine State. Jones, who was 9th at last year's Cross Country Finals, won the Wickham Park Cross Country Jamboree in a new personal times of 15:51.00 which was also the fastest in the state by FIFTEEN seconds. We combined the results of EVERY meet across the state to find out the fastest 500 times and who won the week!

Scouting Report: Winter Park Boys Billy Simpson Aug 22, 2016

The Winter Park boys had their season end earlier than expected last year by barely missing out on the state meet with a 7th place finish in 4A Region 1, AKA the Region Of Death. They are poised to make it back to the state meet and make some noise with the return of a healthy Alex Boucher. Coach Will Anguish gives us a scouting report on this year's team. 

Saturday Olympic Recap: Men's Relay Struggles End With 4x4 Gold Billy Simpson Aug 20, 2016

After the US men faced disappointment in the 4x100m relay when a DQ took away their bronze medal, this 4x400m became even more important. Add in the fact that in the last Olympics the US men only took home silver when they were usually perennial god medalists in the event and that they were fighting with rival Jamaica, this race held a lot of significance. 

XC Preseason Meets Are Here! LIVE Update & Coverage HQ Todd Grasley Aug 20, 2016

Athletes and teams will get their first taste of competition this weekend with jamborees and preseason meets from across the state. Make sure you follow all weekend for LIVE updates and the best meet coverage including, photos, race videos, interviews, recaps, results, and more. Send us your meet photos and updates from your meet via social media!

West Orange Jamboree: Megan Hannah Makes Warrior Season Debut, Merritt Island Looks For Team Sweep Todd Grasley Aug 19, 2016

The West Orange Jamboree Run will bring together some of Central Florida's top talent for a preseason tune-up. Over a dozen teams will head to Winter Garden, Florida Saturday morning. The boy's race features four guys who have gone under 17 minutes, while the girls race has Megan Hannah of the home team Warriors along with Emily English of George Jenkins, both have sub 19 minute personal bests. Merritt Island boys and girls are the favorite to sweep the team title. Flrunners.com will be on-site with race video, interviews, recap, results, and more!

Flashback Friday: Brianna Rollins High School Career Slideshow Todd Grasley Aug 19, 2016

Miami Northwestern class of 2009 alumni Brianna Rollins won just one state championship in her high school career. The hurdler/jumper captured the 300m hurdle crown in 2009 with a personal best of 42.56s. Recently, Rollins, who spent her college years at Clemson, led a 1-2-3 sweep for the USA women at the Olympic Games. Her high school coach, Carmen Jackson, was on hand to witness her golden moment. Take a trip to Rollins high school days and check out her state winning race as well as our photo slideshow!

Throwback Thursday: Jenny (Barringer) Simpson's Running Career In Photos Todd Grasley Aug 18, 2016

Mike Leary, a longtime Florida photographer (and father of stellar Florida high school runner Ryder Leary), sent us some of his favorite photos he shot during the high school and college career of local celebrity Jenny (Barringer) Simpson who recently made history becoming the first woman to medal in the 1,500m at the Olympic Games, when she earned the bronze medal on Tuesday night in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.